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We can take business positives from Brexit

Published 20/10/2016

While our politicians are moaning and groaning and scoring political points over each other concerning the EU, it is good to see that some trade organisations, trade bodies, local councils and businesses are looking at ways in which to gain some advantage.

True, the value of our pound has dropped about 15% compared to the euro and dollar, but it does present a great opportunity for those who produce to expand their business.

Our farmers have been hard-pressed in recent years and this opportunity should not be missed to replace products coming from the Republic to GB by our own local products. This can only lead to better prices at the farm gate.

One farming sector that has enjoyed much success in the Republic has been mushroom production, with much less success in Northern Ireland.

Some 3,500 are employed in the business in the Republic, with a large percentage of mushrooms exported to GB. This gives our farmers the opportunity to diversify and those already in that business to expand.

Even if only 10% of this production is taken from the Republic, it is an additional 350 jobs locally, with all the added benefits that brings to the economy.

KEPT IN THE DARK

Ballynahinch, Co Down

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